Ikat or ikkat is undoubtedly no less than the face of India’s rich heritage. Despite a dip in its popularity in the recent decades owing to a surge of synthetic machine made garments, this amazing printing art is once again making a subtle comeback this season.
An authentic ikat fabric, like Patola, is hand woven, resist-dyed kind of weave where the threads are dyed before they are woven into the fabric. It’s a very tedious process that requires lots of precision and accuracy from artisans to create the desired results that are unbelievably amazing.
A very important point to note here is that ikat fabric should not be confused with its imitation machine-made textile that is block printed or mill printed to create the same effect. There is a hell lot of difference between authentic handmade ikat fabric and mill made printed material when it comes to the quality as well as the beauty. Always try to go for the authentic ikat if you want to rock this look.
Although ikat is conventionally restricted to Indian wear like sari or dress material for suits and dupattas, this amazing fabric deserves to come out and embraced as a face of the modern Indian girl as well. So sit back, as Ourtitbits has come up with a list of various refreshing ways to wear ikat to be chic yet elegant:
- Ikat Dresses:
Ikat fabric made dress can refresh your look instantly. You can go for a monochromatic toned one or more colorful ones, shift dress or summer dress, short one or a long flowy one- all depending on your mood and taste.
- Ikat skirt:
These colorful skirts can make you center of attention instantly. A colorful pair can be mixed and matched with any color top or shirt.
- Ikat Jackets:
Very much in vogue these days, a jacket made of ikat fabric can pep up your mood in a jiffy. Throw it over a white shirt and denim, team it up with some colorful mojri and see the transformation yourself.
- Ikat Top:
Tops or shirt made of ikat fabric look amazing with denim or plain colored pencil skirts. A black and white one or a colorful one, choose your pick and some elegance in your look effortlessly.
- Ikat Pants:
Imagine a plain white top or tank top paired with an ikat pant- that must be the look you give a try at the next party you are going.
- Ikat Kimono:
Very popular in Japan, ikat kimono can brighten up even your dullest day. A perfect way to go for layering this autumn.
- Ikat Jumpsuits:
No words for these, I want one for me!